DepartmentSocial Sciences 

Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardAQA 

Additional Entry RequirementsGCSE Grade 6 in English Literature or Language 

Why study Sociology? 

Anyone who has an interest in contemporary social and political affairs such as marriage, divorce, educational policies, crime and deviance and many other areas. 

Sociology looks at many different theoretical viewpoints. Students who enjoy discussion and debating will enjoy this subject. They will be required to compare different viewpoints allowing them to develop evaluative and analytical skills. These skills will be transferrable to many other subjects and careers. 

Course Content 

Year 1: 

  • Families & households 
  • Education 
  • Research methods 


  • Crime & deviance  
  • Beliefs in society 
  • Theory & methods 

Sociology is an essay-based subject which will develop students’ analytical and evaluative skills. 

Three 2-hour examinations with mainly longer length essay questions.  There is no coursework. 

Careers in Sociology 

Many corporate roles such as human resources; business, journalism; teaching; criminology; social work; armed forces and many other areas due to the skills developed.